Three new SEV licences have been granted in the last week. The first was Wigan’s first licensed SEV is Baby Platinum, 54-56 King Street, Wigan, WN1 1BT. There were no objections made. The applicants also succeeded in changing Condition 30 (g) of the Council‟s Standard Conditions, which states:
“The performers shall at all times wear a G-String which shall not be removed as part of the performance, and they shall not expose at any time, wholly or partly, their genitalia”.
THe second is Liverpool’s 10th SEV licence, Obsessions, Stanley Street. There were 7 objections, and it is worth noting that there are four other SEVs in the vicinity, as noted by the committee: Rude 38-40 Victoria Street, Angels Paradise 18-20 Cumberland Street, Hush 20 – 22 Matthew Street and Moll Teasers 34 Stanley Street. It is also interesting to note that opposition was voiced from those who felt the club would detract from the welcoming atmosphere of what is identified as Liverpool’s ‘gay village’ (see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lap-dancing-club-in-liverpools-gay-quarter-meets-fierce-opposition-from-locals-over-fears-for-growing-lgbt-community-9615584.html)
The third club is in York, a city with one SEV already, and where opposition has been voiced towards the presence of both by a number of individual. Tokyo club, 3-5 Toft Green, received 11 objections including some from the Hilton hotel and Saftestay Tourist Hostel, which felt the club could impact on tourist revenue. A number of nearby sensitive locations were also noted in the committee papers, as emphasised in objections from the York Feminist Network.